I got this little Jamie Olive cook book recently and have been trying out some recipes, which I have to say have been delicious. Tonight, I thought I would take my inspiration from Mr. JO but put my own twist to this. I have to say it was rather tasty…..Mmmmmm.
Using a combination of my Crisper plate and my steam pot, this little dish was made in under 20 minutes. Quick and easy meals.
80g Basmati & quinoa rice (I used Tilda)
2 x Scottish Salmon Fillets
4 tsp sweet chilli sauce (I always use Blue Dragon, I find they are the best)
2 tbsp sesame seeds
3 spring onions
1 fresh red chilli
60g sugar snap peas
4 springs of fresh coriander
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 lime (juice only)
80g smoked beetroot
- Place the basmati rice into the steam pot with 200ml water and cover, cook on the Automatic rice setting on microwave for 18 minutes. Remove and keep warm (keep lid on till other food is ready)
- Meanwhile, rub the sweet chilli sauce into the salmon then sprinkle the sesame seeds over making sure they stick by pressing slightly.
- Finely slice the spring onions, sugar snap peas, chilli then julienne the carrot, cucumber, beetroot using a julienne peeler (if not you can coarsely grate). Place all into a bowl with the coriander.
- Place the salmon (skin side down) onto the crisper plate and cook on dynamic crisp setting for 7 minutes or until slightly crispy and cooked.
- Pour the basmati rice into the salad bowl and mix through with the toasted sesame oil, lime juice and 2 tsp of sweet chilli sauce.
- Serve up the salad and place the salmon when ready on top. Amazing, Tasty little dish. Yummy!
I do love a good Sunday Roast Dinner. I got a lovely bit of Scotch Beef Topside and decided to cook it Rotisserie Style, O.M.G! it was delicious. Meat was still Juicy on the inside with a lovely crispy outside. If you haven’t tried this cooking method, you are missing out…..seriously this is the only way I will cook this now.
I am lucky as my oven has a built in Rotisserie to it, such a great accessory. Check them out here Hotpoint Rotisserie Oven.
1kg Topside Scotch Beef
Rock Salt, Cracked Black Pepper and a little oil to season.
- Rub the seasoning into the meat and leave at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- Skewer the meat onto the Metal Skewer and insert into the oven.
- Select Turbo Grill and a medium heat. Place a pan of water underneath to catch any fat (which can be used for the gravy).
- Cook for about 1 hr 15 minutes for medium.
I also cooked some crispy potatoes using my crisperplate in my Combi Microwave. Perfect match.
You can of course marinade the beef the night before in any spices you like, but I believe that when you have a really good bit a meat, salt & pepper is all you need.
Scottish Style Awards
This year the awards were held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, perfect for some of Scotland’s most influential people and places. Read all about it in the link above.
Why not come visit some of the award winning hotels, bars and restaurants.
O.M.G…..I just had to try this. A Glasgow based Chippy called The Kents advertised beer battered square sausage a few weeks ago and it went viral, so yes of course, I had to try my own version. You really don’t get any more Scottish than this. It was surprisingly delicious.
For the Batter:-
125g Plain Flour
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp garlic granules
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
250ml Beer or Lager (I used Tennents to go all Scottish)
Sausages x 4 – preferably from your local butcher
4 tbsp flour to dust
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl then crack in the egg.
- Gently start to whisk together and slowly add in the beer/lager little at a time until you get a nice smooth, lump free batter. It should be runny but not too thin.
- Heat some oil in a pan. To tell the right temperature, drop a little of the batter in and if it gently starts to cook and turn brown then its hot enough.
- Dust each sausage with a little flour then dip into the batter.
- Gently drop the sausage into the oil and cook for about 8 minutes, don’t over cook or it will go rubbery.
- Serve on a lovely Scottish Morning Roll. Yummy!
In our house Sunday is always Brunch as we do like a lay in! So today was Pancakes, Bacon and Maple Syrup…..oh so yummy! If I do say so myself, these are the best and most fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever cooked……a full proof recipe that always works.
250g Self Raising Flour
125g Caster Sugar
2 Beaten eggs
Pinch of salt
Milk to mix – about 50ml
- Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a mixing bowl
- Add in the egg and mix well
- Slowly bit by bit add in the milk until you get a thick batter. (you don’t want it too runny or they won’t puff up as much)
- Preheat some spray oil in a pan on medium to high heat
- Using a ladle, spoon some of the mixture into the pan in a circular shape about 1/2 cm thick
- When it starts to rise and bubble slightly, you know it’s cooked, then flip to other side. (approx 1-2 mins per side)
- Remove and continue. Serve warm. Or cool later with some butter & Jam.
Oh I do love the Autumn food, warm, comforting, delicious and homemade of course! You will love these traditional Scottish Scones as they come with history:-
Scones originated in Scotland, and Scottish scone recipes are the best in the world. (in my opinion…lol)
The correct Scottish pronunciation is ‘skon’ which rhymes with ‘gone’, and NOT ‘skoan’ which is the English adaptation of the word.
Originally a type of flat ‘cake’, made from oats or barley meal and cooked on an open griddle or in the oven, scones have been popular in Scotland for centuries.
Typically you just have them with butter, and loads of…yummy! However, should you wish to indulge you can of course have your favourite flavour of jam too. My preference is butter, always!
Makes 8 individual scones
120g of Self Raising Flour
60g Melted Butter
60g Rolled Oats – (Scotts of course)
40g Caster Sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg beaten
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, oats, salt, sultanas in a bowl and make a well in the middle.
- Beat the egg until frothy then add in the melted butter and milk, mix
- Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly until you get a dough like ball, its shouldn’t be sticky, so if it is add a little more flour.
- Empty onto a floured surface, roll into a ball then flatten with your hand until about 1/2 inch thick, place onto a greased backing tray and score into eight pieces.
- Brush with a little milk to add glaze.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 220 deg. I baked on convection bake setting to give it a lovely golden crust.
- Remove and allow to cool on a rack.
- Best bit…………………………add lashings of butter and devour!!!!
We do love our Scotch Pies here in Scotland and so many good bakers out there and so many different varieties to choose from, so how do you know your getting the best?
Well, The World Scotch Pie Championships of 2017 have just finished here in Scotland and also held in my hometown of Cumbernauld. We have our winner……Congratulations to Brownings the Bakers in Kilmarnock, a well deserved award. Read the full story here:- Scotch Pie Awards 2017
When will you visit? I’ll be getting mine soon…lol!